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10.10.2010 14:47
Mavi Marmara and Piracy
Mavi Marmara We must do more, "If Not Now, When?

Ken O'Keefe And The Night of Terror
PSU, Portland, Oregon

I went to a lecture by Ken O'Keefe, at PSU on Friday night, October 8th and was stunned to find a person struggling with many of the same concepts of non-violent action as I have for over forty years. I was tired and going to things is getting harder, but I wanted to make sure he was greeted with the respect and support for the work he does for all of us. He is one of my heroes!

There were over a hundred people in attendance and there was standing room only as I arrived a few minutes late, (taking Public Transportation is getting less and less reliable.) I was happy to see many people I knew and Joe-Anybody was there with his video equipment so you will be able to see the lecture in its entirety; it was great!

The presentation gave us some feeling for what it was like during the assault on the flotilla that tried to bring aide to people who are dying from minor illnesses because of our blockade of Gaza. Yes, I know that I said "Our" because I mean that we, the United States, allow this madness to continue; day after day.

Ken O'Keefe, from my perspective, was telling us we have the responsibility; not our politicians or leaders, it is us!

[PIMC Link: Video of Event]

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08.10.2010 12:39
MONEY FOR JOBS AND EDUCATION, NOT WAR AND OCCUPATION Tomorrow!
Saturday, October 9 (Tomorrow)

Afghanistan: Nine Years Later --
"Money for Jobs and Education, Not for War and Occupation!"
South Park Blocks (Market and Clay)

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. -- Rally (meet at South Park Blocks, between Market and Clay)
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. -- March
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. -- Teach-in (at Portland State University, Smith Hall)

We demand:
End the Occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq!
Stop Funding Israeli Apartheid: Equal Rights for Palestinians!
No War on Iran or Pakistan: Stop Drone Bombings!
Stop Scapegoating Arabs, Muslims and Immigrants!
Hands Off Latin America!

For more information, please contact Peace & Justice Works
((503) 236-3065 or  http://www.pjw.info

[VIDEO'S from event on this PIMC related link]  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/10/402982.shtml

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08.10.2010 08:00
The Real Significance of the One Nation Rally
How are we to interpret the massive One Nation demonstration in Washington D.C. on October 2nd? Was this a rally to elect Democrats? A progressive movement hijacked by the Democratic Party? Or something else?
It's true that most of the speakers at the event chose to speak about the November elections, and the importance of defeating the Republicans. In the weeks leading up to the rally, some of the organizers and much of the media decided that the "elections" should overshadow the main demand of the demonstration -- jobs.

But, the vast majority of the demonstrators did not show up to kick off the election season finale, they came to demand change. In fact, the One Nation website says explicitly: demand the change we voted for!

The demonstrators thus demanded jobs, education, immigrant rights, peace, etc. A demand is not a friendly request, but a confrontational act which implies a threat: create jobs or else.

Even some of the rally's pro-Democrat speakers talked in demanding voices about "bailing out main street" and "jobs," while they encouraged people to vote Democrat in November.

Of course this doesn't add up. [...]

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08.10.2010 07:54
Video: Robin Hahnel Discussion on Participatory Democracy - Portland 9.26.10
video: Robin Hahnel HOLA (HANDS OFF LATIN AMERICA) which is part of PCASC (Portland Central Solidarity Committee) held a discussion on "Participatory Democracy". This event discussed alternatives to the current failing capitalist system.

DISCUSSION SERIES PRESENTS
Professor of Economics
Robin Hahnel

A radical economist and political activist. Robin is Professor Emeritus at American University in Washington, D.C. where he taught in the Department of Economics from 1976 - 2008. Currently he is a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University in Portland Oregon, while he has also served as a visiting professor or economist in Cuba, Peru and England. Politically he considers himself a proud product of the New Left and is sympathetic to libertarian socialism.

This was a great discussion on Participatory Democracy

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08.10.2010 07:48
National Primate Liberation Week
Over 70,000 primates (rhesus monkeys, baboons, squirrel monkeys, chimpanzees, etc.) are experimented on every year in the United States. Many thousands of primates are also imprisoned in labs for breeding and conditioning. Recent USDA statistics reveal that over 124,000 primates are held captive in U.S. laboratories.

National Primate Liberation Week will take place October 16th - October 24th. Please help fight for the chimpanzees, rhesus monkeys, spider monkeys, marmosets, lemurs, squirrel monkeys, owl monkeys, and all the other innocent primates confined in laboratories. Help us end their abuse!

In Portland, we will be targeting OHSU's National Primate Research Center, which houses over 4,200 primates and has been fined for numerous USDA violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

There will be various ways to get involved throughout the week, ranging from education to outreach to action. As the week nears, more details will be released.

Please join us!

homepage:  http://pdxanimaldefenseleague.org

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05.10.2010 11:06
US Coast Guard admittedly spied in Olympia Activist circles
Clinton Donald Colvin has asked the court to remove him from the lawsuit against him and US Army employees who were caught spying on activists in Olympia, claiming that he was doing law enforcement and not impacting our First Amendment rights.

[L]ink to www.olyblog.net


The motion, filed on Sept. 30, argues that the Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law barring the military from engaging in domestic law enforcement duties, does not apply to the Coast Guard. [...]

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05.10.2010 08:57
Roll Against Coal
You're invited to Roll Against Coal in Portland on Sunday, October 10th! Join us for this huge bike rally as part of 350.org's Global Work Party and move Oregon towards a clean energy future!

RSVP to Roll Beyond Coal this Sunday!

Here are the details:

WHO: You, your friends, and family!
WHAT: 12pm - 3 pm Free Bike Repair Workshop with Backpedal Cycleworks
3-4 pm Bike Ride and Rally with 350.org photo
4-8 pm FREE PARTY with raffle
Music from Shuffleshine and Beer Provided by Alameda Brewhouse
WHEN: Sunday, October 10th
WHERE: Sierra Club office 1821 SE Ankeny St Portland. Get a map!
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM

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05.10.2010 08:48
Whose Schools? OUR Schools!
The new high school redesign now entails the complete closure of Marshall High School in outer-Southeast Portland. Benson High School will remain a four-year technical high school, but its student population will be limited to between 500 and 800 students. Jefferson will become a focus school. Help support struggling communities and their neighborhood schools. Contact the School Board NOW!

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

Contact the School Board NOW by calling (503) 916-3741 or e-mail ( schoolboard@pps.k12.or.us ) Attend the following meetings:

Wednesday, October 6 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Marshall High School Campus, 3905 S.E. 91st Avenue (The Board members will spend the first hour exploring career-related learning opportunities across the high school system and specifically Benson High School. Following, board members will hear public testimony for the duration of the meeting.)

Tuesday, October 12 Administration Building, 501 N. Dixon 5:30 p.m. School Board Meeting, at which the high school redesign plan will be voted upon.

Your support of struggling communities and their youth is appreciated.

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05.10.2010 08:40
Rosehip Medics: Oct Street Medic Training
Training Flier--Print & distribute Rosehip Medic Collective presents a Fall season Street Medic training--Oct 15th-17th (Fri 5-9, Sat/Sun 9-6). Learn basics of emergency medicine, radical support work, anti-oppression, & folk/herbal remedies. While largely focused on first aid/comfort care in urban marches & actions, this training is easily tailored to wilderness spaces, your place of work, and your home neighborhood. Registration is limited so sign up now!

We teach from our own manual, with lecture, hands-on practice, and scenarios--materials are provided. Out-of-towners will be accommodated, as will other needs to the extent possible. Some food will be provided. Childcare references are available upon request. Participants vary in level of medical background from complete noobs to doctors, nurses, experienced herbalists & paramedics--but we confer no legal certification

To register for the training, get on our email list, and/or have your questions answered, please email RIGHT AWAY.

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03.10.2010 15:22
Is THIS, then, what democracy looks like?
Water cannons move in Some authors and even grassroots activists sometimes mention the European model as a way forward, into a smoother running capitalist society. An example this week is Steven Hill's "Dispatches from Europe".

But the argument against their pro-European positions is remarkable simple:

People here in Europe spend their days fighting against government policies favoring industry and elites, just the same way people everywhere else in the world do. Cars burn, factories are occupied, cops crack skulls.

There is nothing progressive or democratic about Europe. The vestiges of progressive labor laws and social safety nets are the result of CENTURIES of workers struggling at the grassroots level. They have absolutely nothing to do with Europe as a whole, or European bureaucrats in Brussels.


HERE ARE JUST A FEW SNAPSHOTS FROM TODAY TO UNDERSCORE THIS POINT

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28.09.2010 20:11
Portland Activists Denounce FBI Raids on Anti-war and Solidarity Activists
Concerned community members are meeting for a Speakout at Edith Green - Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Downtown Portland, Oregon) on Friday, October 1 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

On Friday, September 24, 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation carried out sweeps across the Midwest. The FBI raided seven houses and an office in Chicago and Minneapolis, and agents handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to eleven activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. The FBI also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.

[PIMC Link: Videos of Portland Protest]

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28.09.2010 09:40
Photos of Protest against police violence 9/25
Over a hundred people rallied and marched yesterday in downtown Portland against police violence, and the murders of Aaron Campbell, Jack Collins, James Chasse, Jr. and Keaton Otis. The rally and march was organized by the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition, which has called for an independent Police Review Committee to investigate and oversee the use of excessive violence by the police against civilians and the need to open police union contract talks to the public.

Reverend Dr. LeRoy Haynes of the AMA Coalition said, "The main goal of the rally is to continue mobilizing the community for justice and police reform....Our work is not done." While I was glad to see folks who showed up for the march, I wish more had come to voice their outrage at the police murdering people and getting away with it, and to support the ongoing struggle against police violence and lack of accountability. I think the issue goes beyond holding the police accountable for their actions; it's also crucial to examine and question the role of the police in society--who do they really "serve and protect"and why?

[related video / picture link] ?

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26.09.2010 17:15
Anti-fascists Expose Neo-Nazis in the Oregon Black Metal Scene
volksfront On September 2 to September 5, the white supremacist organization Volksfront International held their "Althing" gathering on private land in Missouri, at the "Samuel Weaver Memorial Hall" approximately an hour outside of St. Louis. Rose City Antifascists noted with interest that one of the musical acts billed for Volksfront's gathering was the Oregon "National Socialist Black Metal" (NSBM) band Immortal Pride. Immortal Pride is part of a network of racist musical acts allied to Blood & Honour American Division, which is in turn largely guided by Volksfront. This is the first time that Immortal Pride has played a major neo-Nazi gathering. In recognition of this development, Rose City Antifascists wish to draw attention to the main forces in the neo-Nazi black metal underground in Oregon today, with the hope that they can be countered from both within and without the metal scene.

Volksfront was founded in 1994 within the Oregon prison system, but now organizes in several other regions in North America, and has also spread to other continents, with divisions in Europe and Australia. Volksfront also remains the dominant neo-Nazi organization in Oregon. The organization has a long history of violence in the Northwest, including the 2003 murder of Mark Randall Townsend, a homeless man in Tacoma, Washington, by the leader of a probationary Volksfront unit and his associates.

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25.09.2010 19:27
class warfare: houseless person arrested for resting near abandoned downtown building
houseless person: This is a brief account of the detainment and arrest of a houseless person on the streets of downtown Portland, near the intersection of NW Hoyt St. & NW 4th Ave. This happened Thursday, September 23 @ 3PM.

I was biking down the street at about 3PM, and noticed that there were four officers on horseback surrounding a houseless person. The black male-bodied houseless person was charged with trespassing while outside this abandoned building, where they were resting under an overhang to avoid the rainfall.

For about 20 minutes four white officers questioned the houseless person and made small talk. Officers were on the radio numerous times, relaying information and calling for backup.

At about 3.20PM a fifth officer arrived in a police cruiser. This officer pulled out an electronic fingerprinting device, and attempted to fingerprint and ID the houseless person. The houseless person did not have ID, and did not want to be fingerprinted. He put his hands underneath his legs, and was rocking back and forth, afraid of physical violence. He yelled "I'm the only black person here, help! Help! I haven't done anything wrong, I'm not a criminal." And he later yelled, several times "Rodney King! Rodney King!" To which one of the officers just chuckled and said "oh yeah, that's a good one."

Two officers on horseback left the scene (and spoke with me briefly before departing), leaving the other three officers to finish up. The officer that pulled up in the vehicle was not able to fingerprint the houseless person, and in turn wrote up a quick report and handcuffed them. The houseless person was arrested and escorted into the police vehicle at about 3.30PM.

[qoute] houseless person: "I want people to know I haven't done anything wrong!"

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25.09.2010 18:56
Video: Sharing Sidewalk Committee Meeting 9.13.10
This video is of the monthly (open to the public) meeting that discusses the sidewalk management plan. Usually held on the first Monday of the month, and usually held at the Portland Building.

The video is about an hour and a half long (I missed the first 5 minutes)

 http://www.archive.org/details/SharringSidewalksCommittieMeetingInPortland9.13.10

In this meeting, there was discussions about ticketing people who are not sitting in the correct place on the sidewalk.
A businessman who was welcoming some out of out of town associates reported; that they were hassled and bothered by panhandlers and wouldn't want to come back. (?)
The ACLU spokes-lady then spoke in return, stating all the out of town business folks crowd the sidewalks with suit cases and groups unloading cars (double parked) making traveling on the sidewalk difficult. It was a nice counter point to show how they too need to be polite and share the sidewalks.

Some stats were read by the police on the number of citations and warnings, details were discussed.
The committee asked that weather information could be documented (included) on the ticket report.

It seemed to me that the most ticket writers were police on bikes and the horses.

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21.09.2010 07:24
Opportunity To Tell the Oregon Water Resources Department to stop Nestle!
The Oregon Water Resources Department is considering a water transfer application for a water exchange that would effectively allow Nestlé to access water coming out of Mt. Hood National Forest and bottle it.

This is another significant step forward in Nestlé's plan to profit off of Oregon's clean drinking water sources in the town of Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge. The Oregon Water Resources Department has the power to stop this transfer and could effectively shut down Nestlé's plan's to bottle Oregon's water.

They are accepting public comments now.
Please take action by September 30th by using this action tool.

Enter your zip code to continue on and send a message to the Director telling them Oregonians don't want Nestle profiting from our water!

Bark Website

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19.09.2010 15:52
[Video:] Bradley Manning Support Rally at Fort Lewis, Washington, Saturday, September 18.
On September 16-19, groups and individuals will call on the United States government to drop the charges against Army Private First Class Bradley Manning. Twenty-two year old Manning, held in solitary confinement since May, has been charged with releasing classified documents including a video that shows American troops shooting and killing Reuters journalists in 2007.

Watch the video [  http://www.collateralmurder.com/ ] at Collateral Murder Manning's imprisonment has resulted in an international outcry, with groups and activists throughout the US and abroad demanding his release and calling for transparency in America's war policies.

Famed Pentagon Papers whistle blower Daniel Ellsberg has called Mr. Manning, "A new hero of mine."

Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace (VFP 92)
[  http://www.vfp92.org/en/ ] is organizing a Bradley Manning support rally at Fort Lewis, Washington for Saturday, September 18. VFP members and friends from around the region will show up blowing whistles and carrying signs that say "Blow the Whistle on War Crimes." We will be reaching out to the GI's, giving them "goody bags" with cookies, copies of Sir, No Sir!, and stickers that say "Whistle While You Work," and give links to VFP and IVAW websites. We want the GI's to know it is their duty to expose war crimes, and that we will back them up when they do.

More information: projectsafehaven [at] hotmail [dot] com

[PIMC related picture & video post]  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/09/402456.shtml

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18.09.2010 13:52
Portland Financial Focus Week of Action Schedule
Keeping up the pressure on the vital financial targets, this week of action is for all companies linked to HLS financially - from Fortress to their subsidiary companies and more. More info on HLS: http://www.shac.net

Who is Fortress?
In 2006 the Fortress Investment Group entered into a "secret" arrangement with Huntingdon Life Sciences, and loaned them $70 million. If Fortress had not loaned them $70m, HLS would have closed in 2006. If they were to withdraw their loan now, it is highly likely HLS would be forced to close. If ever there was a time for action, it is now. If ever there was a vital target it is Fortress. More info: http://www.shac.net/action/fortress/index.html

Portland Targets and Portland Schedule REMINDER WEDNESDAY DEMO

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18.09.2010 10:44
Call to Participate in Anarchist Assembly in Seattle, September 21st
A symbol We hope that this assembly will allow anarchists, anti authoritarians, autonomists etc., to come together and talk about the increasingly hostile environment we find ourselves in and what we are doing about it. This is not a space for the planning of events but rather it is an opportunity for projects to be announced, for proposals to be stated, for connections to be made, deepened and expanded. We intend to increase the level of joint activity, coordination, and face-to-face communication among already established anarchist networks.

From Arctic Circle Collective[:]
In light of the recent escalation of violence by the police in the Puget Sound region, we call you to participate in a general assembly on Tuesday 21st.

We hope that this assembly will allow anarchists, anti authoritarians, autonomists etc., to come together and talk about the increasingly hostile environment we find ourselves in and what we are doing about it. This is not a space for the planning of events but rather it is an opportunity for projects to be announced, for proposals to be stated, for connections to be made, deepened and expanded. We intend to increase the level of joint activity, coordination, and face-to-face communication among already established anarchist networks.


Our aim is to encourage the momentum of resistance to the presence of police in our lives. We are uninterested in a discussion of better police training. Arguments for police reform are not welcome at this assembly. If you choose to express good faith in this violent and oppressive system you will be asked to leave. The only requirement for attendance at this assembly is the desire for the total abolition of the dominant social order that commits violence against us--including the police force. To this end, political parties are unwelcome --including so-called "revolutionary" ones.

The assembly will be held at the Vera Project at 5:00pm. For directions and more information please visit (www.theveraproject.org) and arcticcirclecollective.info

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18.09.2010 10:37
HELP FILL A RELIEF CONTAINER FOR HAITI!
The Society for Haitian Arts and Culture (SHAC), a Portland-based, grassroots organization composed of Haitian immigrants and their allies, is seeking help in filling a relief container that is bound for Haiti.
HELP FILL A RELIEF CONTAINER FOR HAITI!

Saturday, September 18 [today] -- 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
and
Saturday, September 25 (next weekend) -- 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CENTRAL BIBLE CHURCH
(Parking Lot)
8815 N.E. Glisan Street
Portland, Oregon 97220


The Society for Haitian Arts and Culture (SHAC) is particularly seeking hygiene supplies, first aid kits and food. Camping-type items and school supplies are also appreciated.
Monetary donations are always gratefully accepted and appreciated.

For further information, please contact Judith Gelin, Executive Director of SHAC, at  hasac5@aol.com

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